Ujamaa ~ Cooperative Economics


Ujamaa poster RGB

(Cooperative Economics)

Ujamaa (OO-JAH-MAH) Cooperative economics emphasizes our collective economic strength and encourages us to meet common needs through mutual support.


Ujima ~ Collective work and Responsibility

“it takes a village to raise a child”

this is an African proverb that speaks directly to

the 3rd principle of Kwanzaa


We are directly tied to the success and failures of our community.


click to watch the Haylock’s talking about Kujichagulia

2nd day of Kwanzaa ~ Kujichagulia (Self – Determination)

Kujichagulia (Self-Determination)

Kujichagulia (KOO-GEE-CHA-GOO-LEE-YAH) Self-Determination requires that we define our common interests and make decisions that are in the best interest of our family and community.

(click the Haylock picture to us celebrating the first day of Kwanzaa Umoja (Unity)

haylock family

We will define our common interest and make decisions that better not just us,but our family and community.

Maya Angelou

Dr. Maya Angelou

said it this way:

Young women, young men of color,we add our voices to the voices of your ancestors who speak to you over ancient seas and across impossible mountain tops.

Come up from the gloom of national neglect, you have already been paid for.

Come out of the shadow of irrational prejudice, you owe no racial debt to history.

The blood of our bodies and the prayers of our souls have bought you a future free from shame and bright beyond the telling of it.


let us decide what is best for the whole, submit to our elders and chose to be self – determined to rise.